Rest Day

Michael A confuses his arms and legs again

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14.5 Logistics

The final workout for the 2014 CrossFit Open has been released as:

For time
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of:
Thrusters, 95 / 65 lb. Burpees

For the full workout description, click here.

To keep classes running on time, we're going to cap this workout at 25 minutes. Athletes can assign themselves a one minute penalty for every rep they don't finish under the cap. There will be an alternate workout programmed for folks not competing in the open with the same rep scheme but substituting Wall Balls for thrusters.

What will your strategy for 14.5 be?

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Clean and Jerk


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3 Rounds NFT of:
400m Row
400m Run
25 Unbroken Hollow Rocks

Nick on Box Jumps

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General Informed Freestyling

A common theme from Mobility WOD is the idea of "informed freestyling".  Basically, when you're mobilizing, instead of remaining static and settling into a singular position, you're actively moving around trying to loosen up the tissue and hunting for other restricted areas.  I'm a huge fan of total body informed freestyling in response to or as preventative maintenance for general stiffness.  One way to approach this is extensive DROMs, but my bias is towards ground based movement. Ideally this is accompanied by a foam roller, straps and a lacrosse ball.  More often than not, a mobility rx is reactive and targeted towards tissue you know is tight and preventing you from getting into positions you want to achieve.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with that and probably the way you should spend most of your time stretching out. The problem however, is that sometimes it's at the expense of a more generalized approach to soft tissue health. 
Lets start with the mindset that general stiffness is not normal and that you can do something about it.  To make an analogy, if you walked around hungry all day, a light would go off in your head to do something about it.  We don't often listen to our bodies in the same way when our joints feel creaky and muscles feel stiff.  This should be a huge red flag that you need to spend a little more time doing generalized restorative movement.  Here are some quick benefits of a short total body movement session:

  • Increased blood flow = Increased nutrient transport and hydration to all your tissues
  • Excess metabolites are pushed into the lymph (think of it like "cleaning" an area of excess junk)
  • Synovial fluid is pumped into your joint capsules, lubricating them
  • With dedicated a breathing strategy and a modest pace, you can increase parasympathetic nervous system activity and decrease anxiety

Okay so how do we do it? Well there's no one right way to do this and how you're feeling that day should dictate your session but here are some general guidelines.

1. Set aside some time and space to move.  10-15 minutes should be enough to feel a lot better, I often put on a record and go at least until one side finishes. My preference is before bed since you can attack a whole day's worth of stiffness and it's a great way to unwind mentally. In terms of space, I love love LOVE my square36 mat.  Yoga mats provide insufficient area to move around on and I constantly have to reposition myself or the mat. (use the discount code cfbrooklyn36 to get $10 off a S36 mat!).

2. Start low and work high (or vise versa).  Start by doing some D-Dog calve marches, manually rolling your feet around, stretching out your toes, maybe using a LAX ball on your feet. Gradually work upstream spending more time in areas that feel tight.  Use stretches you remember from Group or Active Recovery class, make stuff up, work basic splits, twists, bends and be creative. You'll undoubtedly find positions that feel great and areas that are tight.  Keep your breathing consistent and deep.

Here are some videos from our buddies at Body Tribe that might give you some more ideas:
Quick Mobility Play
Tav's Brutal Recess
Staying Loose

3. Pepper in some Foam Rolling, LAX work or band stretches.  You might even start here and then get into the informed freestyling.  If you're not sure what to do, take an Active Recovery class!

4. End with some deep breathing laying flat on your back, drink some water then go to bed!

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Informed Freestyling Always

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Low Bar Back Squat

Fitness: 3-3-3-3-3


If you're going to need a spot, let us know. All heavy singles should be spotted.

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15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Deadlift 225/155
Box Jumps 24"/20"

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Rest Day

Kristin H teaching her weekly Pilates class at CFSBK.
Come on down tonight at 7:30pm for some Hard Core Fun!

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  • Happy Birthday, Jared K!

Shoe Storage Update

CFSBK has commissioned local artisans, BLKWD inc to build out some new, sturdier shoe storage units for the coat room. Once the new racks are finished we'll install them and have a dedicated cubby system where folks will be assigned specific stations for their Olympic lifting shoes to live. Unfortunately, the coat room isn't big enough to hold Everyone's shoes, and we ran into the problem of shoes beginning to take over where bags needed to go. Our solution is to have a limited number of slots that people pay a $5 monthly charge to store shoes in. We'll be announcing a lottery system for first crack at shoe storage reservations at the gym.

Bring Your Bike Out of Winter Hibernation!

Springtime weather is around the corner and CFSBK wants to help you prepare for bike riding season! Bicycle Habitat will be bringing their basic bike maintenance class from their 5th Avenue shop to 597 DeGraw specially for CFSBK, 2:30p-4p on Saturday, April 5. Course will include:

  • Flat repair tips, including time saving techniques and ways to ensure a successful repair.
  • Basic brake and gear adjustment, including familiarity with barrel adjusters.
  • Maintenance tips like drivetrain lubrication and proper tire inflation.
  • Checking for signs of wear and an overview of bike safety checks.
  • Time for open Q&A.

You'll be able to roll in your own bike to use as an example during the class!  The class will be more instructional in nature, but bring any bike tools you already have in case there is time for tinkering!  $10 per person, class is capped at 25.  Sign up and pay in advance at the Front Desk by April 3. 

Clothing and Book Swap at CFSBK

Did you know that an average of 70lbs of textiles per person and 54 million tons of paper goes into landfills each year? Tread a little more lightly and get some spring cleaning in by joining the first ever CFSBK clothing & book swap 2-4p on Saturday, April 19 after group class. Bring your gently used adult (casual and professional) and children clothing and books to swap with other members.  Sign-up in the comments section of the event page and let us know what you will be bringing!
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WOD 3.24.14

Press 1-1-1
Push Press 1-1-1
Jerk 1-1-1

Take about 25 minutes to work up to a 1RM for all three lifts. Try to keep increasing the weight as you go and stay strict to your three attempts meaning a missed lift counts as an attempt. Any version of the jerk is permitted.

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5 Rounds for max reps of:
:40 Thuster 115/75
:20 Rest
:40 Burpee
:20 Rest

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  • We've got a new post on Inside the Affiliate about how we run our weekly intro classes. Did you take an intro class at CFSBK or somewhere else? Let us know about your experiences in the comments section!
  • Thank you to everyone who came out to the free meditation workshop yesterday!
  • Happy birthday, Rebecca G-C!

Welcome Coach Whitney!

As many of you know, CFSBK has been fortunate to take on resident Yoga maven and CrossFit superstar Whitney H on board as the newest member of the CFSBK coaching staff. We've been working with Whitney to get her ready for group classes since the beginning of the year and she's already exceeded our expectations in terms of professionalism, compassion and ability to spot movement issues and correct them. We couldn't be more excited about having her on staff and know all of you will come to enjoy her presence as part of our team. Read below to learn a little more about "Dub Hub":

Whitney's love for movement started early in life. She began ballet at the age of three and went on to participate in (and occasionally win) national dance competitions throughout her teens. This passion continued into her college years, and she received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois. It was there that she first studied anatomy and kinesiology, as well as started a yoga practice.

Her first CrossFit experience was in the fall of 2009 when she took a class with David... and couldn't walk down stairs properly for three days afterward. Having always been active but never lifted any weight, Whitney spent a good amount of time afraid of an empty barbell and only dreaming of getting a strict chin-up in another life. Her goal as a coach is to inspire people to lay a safe, consistent, and sound foundation in their movement and to build a lifestyle of health and strength.
Whitney teaches Yoga for Athletes here at CFSBK, as well as alignment-based vinyasa at other studios in Brooklyn. She also loves to surf. And eat fish tacos.

Whitney is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-200HR).
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Mid Hang Snatch 1-1-1-1-1-1-1

Catch as low as your flexibility and technique allow

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4 Rounds for time of:
400m Run
15 Pull Ups
Rest 2:00

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Active Recovery!

CrossFit North East Regionals Update

Watch the next level of competition of the 2014 CrossFit Games at the NE Regionals, held at Reebok Headquarters in Canton, MA.  CFSBK and Cruise Director Mare L. are coordinating a group to head up and spectate during the May 30-June 1 event.   Click on the event page for more info and to book your hotel room -- rooms must by reserved by March 28!

Meditation Workshop Today

A reminder that today at 2p is the meditation workshop.  The workshop is at capacity, but everyone who already RSVP'ed in the comments section on the event page is welcome to join.  If you can't make it after all, please let Mare know at mare(at) This will be held in the upstairs studio.

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Open WOD 14.4

14 minute AMRAP:
60-calorie row 
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 20 / 14 lb.
30 cleans, 135 / 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups

Read the full workout description and rules here.

Alternate WOD:

For Time:
550m Run
50 Sit Ups
50 Squats
50 Dumbbell Cleans
50 Burpees

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Winos Needed!

Like wine and good times! Brian Scott is looking for help pouring wine at The Hess Collection’s table during this year’s Wine Riot. This is a tasting geared towards cork dorks in their twenties and is always a great event!

There are 4 pouring passes available for each session:
Friday, April 4th: 7pm – 11pm
Saturday, April 5th: 1pm – 5pm or 7pm – 11pm

To pour you must be 21 years old and arrive at the venue 1hr prior to set up the wines. Everything will be provided and all that is needed is for one person to be behind the table at all times. You will not need to pay an entry fee ($60) for the event.

Note – if you work the Sat night shift you will get to keep any leftovers – provided you can haul it away.
Interested parties please contact Brian at bscott (AT)

A reminder that tomorrow at 2p is the meditation workshop.  The workshop is at capacity, but everyone who already RSVP'ed in the comments section on the event page is welcome to join.  If you can't make it after all, please let Mare know at mare(at)  

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